Introduction to PowerPoint 2002
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This tutorial is designed for people who are new to PowerPoint. You will learn how to:

  1. Start PowerPoint
  2. Work with text, slides, and layouts
  3. Work with templates and images
  4. Use different views and printing options
  5. Put your presentation on the World Wide Web


Presentation: The primary type of file PowerPoint is used to create. Presentations typically have the file extension .ppt; however, you can also save PowerPoint presentations as Adobe Acrobat documents with the file extension .pdf. Finally, you can save your presentation as a web page, with the file extension .html or .htm.

Slides: Individual parts of a presentation. Slides are similar to the individual pages in a print document, and can contain text, graphics, and animation.

Layout: The specific arrangement of text and images on a slide. Layouts can be very simple, consisting of simple titles and text, or they can be more complex and include elaborate colors and images. You can also include animation, sounds, and other multimedia objects in your layout.

Design Template: The specific “look” of a slide or group of slides. A design template can be very basic - with black text on a white background - or it can be very colorful and complex. Typically, PowerPoint presentations have the same design template for all slides, although it is possible to select a different design template for each slide. Later, I’ll show you how to select different design templates.

Slide Show: The way a presentation appears when you are presenting it. When you display your slides in a slide show, the slides typically take up the whole screen, and they appear in sequence. We’ll introduce some other terms later in this presentation.

Placeholder: Boxes with dotted outlines that appear when you create a new slide. These boxes act as "placeholders" for objects such as the slide title, text, clip art, charts, and tables. Placeholders are sometimes called “text boxes.”

Sizing handles: Square handles that appear along the edges of a selected object. You drag a sizing handle to change the shape or size of an object. To maintain the proportions of an object while resizing, simply drag a corner handle.

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